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SOWNY » Happy New Year » January 1, 2021 9:54 am

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I too will add my best wishes for 2021 and agree with all about the fantastic job done by RA. I don't post much, but because of your excellent work and the great content you provide, SOWNY is a daily visit for me. Cheers!

SOWNY » CTV's Nathan Downer Clicks With Audiences - & That's The Problem » December 9, 2020 11:53 am

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RadioActive wrote:

I'm honestly not sure if some of us notice this because we were or are in the biz and are more sensitive to it or whether it's plain to the general audience at large. 

I agree 100 per cent RA. I'm sure it's my broadcast and writing background that makes me want everything to be succinct. My pet peeve is unnecessary phrases. The one that really gets me is used by people doing how-to segments. "I'm going to go ahead and tighten this bolt." "I'm going to go ahead and pour the fresh oil into the car's oil reservoir." "I'm going to go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees."

Don't go ahead, in the words of the Nike ad, JUST DO IT!

And I get cross with broadcasters using unnecessary phrases like "tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m." It should be either "tomorrow morning at 10:00" or "tomorrow at 10:00 a.m."

Re-reading this post, it makes me think my fellow board members will think The Stickler has returned. I better shut up now.

SOWNY » Rise & Fall Of A Radio Pioneer Tracked In PBS' American Masters » October 19, 2020 8:02 am

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I note that the voice of Winchell in the documentary is Stanley Tucci. He also played Winchell in an HBO movie of the same name in 1998. I really enjoyed it and would love to see it again.  It featured Paul Giamatti in one of his first big roles.

SOWNY » PBS struggles with the future as it once carved the path for T.V. » October 14, 2020 6:10 am

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Media Observer wrote:

Frontline,  American Experience,  Nova,  American Masters,  POV,  Independent Lens,  Ken Burns Docs.,  Midsomer Murders,  Vera,  Poirot and locally sourced shows about New York State and Southern Ontario towns, history etc. 

Even with all these,  I know I am forgetting others.

PBS has always been a must have channel for me.

 
I agree with all those reasons MO, especially the Ken Burns docs, I think I have seen just about all of those.

I'll add that they do a lot of good non news informational programming like America's Test Kitchen, This Old House and Motortrend.

PBS is a must have channel for me too, although I admit I don't watch as much as I used to. But then with all the other choices available I don't watch any network as much as I used to.

SOWNY » CTV Personality Running For Federal Political Office » September 20, 2020 6:37 am

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CJOY in Guelph's longtime sportscaster Norm Jary was also a longtime municipal politician, including I believe the city's longest serving mayor.

SOWNY » The NFL is back and TSN has it » September 9, 2020 6:14 am

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I've been watching both NHL and the Blue Jays since the return. I must say the lack of fans has not been a problem for me. Although I do miss the coverage of an errant foul ball flying into the stands causing a fan to spill their nachos.

SOWNY » What are your top 10 albums of all time on this Labour Day Weekend? » September 7, 2020 7:04 am

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Okay, I'll play along. Like Betaylored, my list is off the top of my head and without rankings. Just some of my favourites. And I'm afraid there are more than ten. Blame Steely Dan and Springsteen. I simply could not choose one album from each.

Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle
Bruce Springsteen: Greetings From Asbury Park
Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run
Gordon Lightfoot: Don Quixote
Genesis: A Trick Of The Tail
Stan Rogers: Northwest Passage
Supertramp: Even In The Quietest Moments
Joe Jackson: Big World
The Beatles: Abbey Road
Steely Dan: Aja
Steely Dan: The Royal Scam
Steely Dan: Can't Buy A Trill
Steely Dan: Countdown To Ecstasy
Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (okay, I admit it, I'm a big Dan Fan)
Van Morrison and The Chieftains: Irish Heartbeat

SOWNY » A&E To Air Special "Biography" On The Creation Of MTV » September 2, 2020 5:34 am

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splunge wrote:

the classic pub quiz trivia question.... without googling, what was the first video played by mtv, and who was the band?

 
If I'm not mistaken, it was "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles.

SOWNY » Who Cares? » August 31, 2020 7:05 am

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Media Observer wrote:

grilled.cheese wrote:

I also remember things being better in the good old days.

Actually, I find this year a refreshing change on the TV side.  Buck's new role aside Dan is a great improvement over the earlier pairings of Martinez and Tabler (with and without Shulman in the third chair).  I realize that this was driven by Pandemic restrictions;  but can only hope that SN sticks with what works.
 

 
I tend to agree. Dan is a first rate play by play guy, while Buck is well suited as an analyst. But I must admit I miss Buck's calls of "swing and a drive!" And "get up, get up ball, get outta here ... and gone!"

SOWNY » Am640 Morning Show Gets New Guest Co-Host » August 18, 2020 6:41 am

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grilled.cheese wrote:

Hopefully Greg is successful in this position.  His brother Tom, has made quite the name for himself in the NFL

 

And dad Mike (RIP) was a well known architect.

SOWNY » Veteran Newscaster Peter Ray, Famed For Sign-Off, Dies At 71 » August 6, 2020 6:37 am

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I worked with Peter for almost 30 years at BN/CP. I was in the audio room in Toronto while he filed reports from all over Quebec. Amazingly, in all those years, we spoke on the phone almost daily, but we never met in person. We certainly butted heads on many occasions, but we had some laughs too.
Rest In Peace, Peter.

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SOWNY » Elliotte Freidman looks ridiculous » August 2, 2020 5:51 am

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I don't mind it, although he was totally unrecognizable the first time I saw him. And I have to say I'm very impressed that he could cultivate such a beard in just four and a half months.

SOWNY » Viewer Alert: WNED Shows Doc On George Harrison’s Odd Film Company » July 31, 2020 6:07 am

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Thanks for the heads up RA. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

SOWNY » Why You Won't Be Able To See The "30 Rock" Reunion Special On Thursday » July 17, 2020 6:28 am

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I managed to catch the 30 Rock special on the USTVGO website. It was rather disappointing. It was a 60 minute infomercial for NBC Universal's various platforms with some 30 Rock stuff tying it together.
I must admit the 30 Rock bits were kind of funny with Tracy Jordan becoming a Canadian (including him cleaning a hockey stick with maple syrup) and Jack McBrayer playing both Kenneth and Kenneth's female assistant.
But it was awkward seeing a bunch of NBC "stars" on video conference shilling for the network, its related platforms, and its upcoming season -- although the preview of Ted Danson's new comedy looked interesting enough for me to give it a try when it airs (whenever that will be)
While Tina Fey and the 30 Rock crew made a decent effort, I'm sure they'll look back on last night's show with regret.

SOWNY » Why You Won't Be Able To See The "30 Rock" Reunion Special On Thursday » July 15, 2020 6:22 am

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I just checked the listings on my new Fibe TV. (thanks Paterson1 for helping me make the decision to get it. Loving it so far 👍)
The special is listed to air at 8pm on NBC Buffalo. Alternate programming is scheduled for 11p on NBC Seattle.
I've set the PVR to record it on NBC Buffalo. We'll see if it actually airs.

Thanks RA for the heads up about the show's existence. I had not known about it until I read your post.

SOWNY » Requesting opinions on Bell's Fibe TV » June 28, 2020 6:11 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

Good luck Tq345 whatever you decide to do. 
I have never had any problems with their internet service but my scenario is not the same as yours. I have had internet problems with Microsoft but never Fibe.  You will likely need to get a package with more bandwidth then what I am using, sounds like you have a busy household!  Explain your situation to the sales rep and they will advise you which would be best.

The PVR I have can handle four shows at one time for recording. I am not sure if it will keep recording a live show that runs overtime but to be safe I would just schedule the next show on grid to make sure it keeps recording if you think a program or live event may run overtime. It will record to the end of a live event if you are recording live, but something scheduled I am not sure.   Or just experiment with a live event you don't care about saving and if it goes overtime see if it still recorded to the end.

Hope this helps and you end up saving money, and get a good three year deal from them. Don't be afraid to ask for something extra, all they can say is no., But remember they want your business and often if they sense you are almost ready to take a package they will throw in something extra (Crave or Movie Channels) to get a new customer!

Again the big negatives that I have heard regarding Fibe would be their four digit channels, the physical line up of channels and where to find them will be different than what you are used to but they do bundle similar stations together (sports, kids, OTA networks etc.) Some people don't like Fibe's channel remote which is different than most others, I don't mind it but I have heard others that find it awkward.

 
Thanks Paterson1. I quess we'll take our chances on the bandwidth/speed question. The ability to record 4 shows at once is a big selling point. And recording the program following a live event seems like a decent compromise.  I've been spoiled as Shaw Direct allows you to add up

SOWNY » Requesting opinions on Bell's Fibe TV » June 28, 2020 7:05 am

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Thanks for the detailed responses folks. I really appreciate it. It certainly seems like Fibe TV has its pros and cons.
I'll try to respond to a few of your comments.
I'm really only considering changing to save some money. I was speaking to a Bell rep on another matter and when that was resolved they of course went into sales mode. And the bundling offer she suggested did seem appealing. Currently I have three different providers for TV, internet and cell phone. Service wise I'm very satisfied by all three. I have Bell for home phone and internet, I have Shaw Direct satellite for TV and Rogers for cell phone.
I had never considered it before, but I'm paying a HUGE monthly amount for all three.
I've always been very satisfied with Bell's home phone and internet service. For the few times I needed service I'm able to get through to a human on the phone quite quickly (no mean feat these days) and they've always resolved the issue on the phone or arranged a home service call within a day or so.
Shaw Direct offers excellent picture quality and a great PVR (admittedly I've been with them for over 20 years, so I've never used any other provider's PVR) it's expensive, but I do get all the channels they offer, except the international channels and the porn. It's tough to get them on the phone though.
And Rogers has treated me well over my 25 years with them. I've never had to pay for a new phone and I don't think I've ever had a service interruption.

After hearing all your good opinions I'm still not completely sold on Fibe. But I admit I'm leaning towards getting it if the price is right. I love the idea that the set top boxes are wireless and all the boxes can access the main box and its recordings.

To Paterson1 specifically, as a user maybe can answer the following questions:

I'm still concerned about reliability and whether we'll have enough bandwidth/speed to handle everything.  There are three people in the house and I can imagine a scenario with 2 or even three T

SOWNY » Requesting opinions on Bell's Fibe TV » June 27, 2020 5:47 am

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I know many board members have a terrible opinion about Bell, but I'll float this request anyway. I'm considering getting Fibe as my TV provider. I've gleaned a bit of info from Bell's website, but I'd like to hear from people who actually have experience using the service.
I'd love to hear the pros and cons from Fibe users.
Thanks in advance.

P.S.: RA, I realize this is a self serving discussion and if you feel it's out of bounds for Big Yeller feel free to delete this thread.

Cheers.

SOWNY » Ben Mulroney steps down as etalk anchor » June 26, 2020 4:47 pm

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Charlie wrote:

Tq345 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

More political correctness running wild. 

Just two weeks after the group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A," the Dixie Chicks have decided to alter their famous moniker and will now be known only as "The Chicks." (And no, I'm not making that up.) 

 

I guess the next move will be to change the name of Dixie Road in Mississauga despite the fact that it was named after a Welsh doctor who settled in the area and has nothing to do with the Confederacy.

Is there a statue of him in the area?  Tear it down for good measure.
 

 
I'm not sure about a statue, but he did found the church and cemetery at the corner of Dundas and Cawthra. Ripping up the graveyard is always an option. 😁

SOWNY » Ben Mulroney steps down as etalk anchor » June 26, 2020 5:48 am

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RadioActive wrote:

More political correctness running wild. 

Just two weeks after the group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A," the Dixie Chicks have decided to alter their famous moniker and will now be known only as "The Chicks." (And no, I'm not making that up.) 

 

I guess the next move will be to change the name of Dixie Road in Mississauga despite the fact that it was named after a Welsh doctor who settled in the area and has nothing to do with the Confederacy.

SOWNY » Sum, sum, summatime...what are your fave Summer songs? » June 20, 2020 5:43 am

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Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts
Summer in the City by The Lovin' Spoonful
Echo Beach by Martha and the Muffins
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Summer Side of Life and Summertime Dream by Gordon Lightfoot
Nobody by Jerry Doucette (not a particularly summery song, but it resonates because I heard it on just about every radio station from Ontario to B.C. while on a cross country road trip during the summer of 1979)

Honourable mention (I don't think they got much airplay and likely weren't even released as singles)
Field Behind the Plow by Stan Rogers
Backstreets by Bruce Springsteen

SOWNY » Rush Drummer Neil Peart Gone At 67 » January 12, 2020 5:19 am

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Hockey Night In Canada had a nice tribute to Neil to kick off last night's broadcast. RIP Professor.

SOWNY » Remember when Molson's sponsored Hockey Night in Canada? » December 20, 2019 7:56 am

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the original hank wrote:

i also remember esso stations handing out their version of hockey cards (in the early 1970's) with every gas purchase, to be displayed in an official booklet. they were very popular (at least where we lived).

 
I still have my Esso Power Player album from 70/71. I'm proud to say it's complete with all the cards/stickers.

https://i.ibb.co/12nf85d/s-l500.jpg


This is a shot of the album I got from Ebay. My cover is decidedly more rough.

SOWNY » Enjoyable Christmas music » December 2, 2019 8:25 am

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Not your typical Christmas tune, but I love it.
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

https://youtu.be/j9jbdgZidu8

SOWNY » WUTV preempts Fox News Sunday for Trump Address - cuts away before end » October 28, 2019 8:23 am

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6079 Smith W wrote:

WUTV 29 covered the Trump Oval Office address uninterrupted (at first) this morning about the death of al-Baghdadi, but as 10:00 loomed cut out mid-sentence to run about 4 minutes of commercials followed by the regularly-scheduled Full Measure, not showing the end of the Q&A and never returning to Fox News Sunday.

The audience never got to hear Chris Wallace interview VP Mike Pence, who was sitting in the studio with him the whole time.

 

Less surprising is that CBS also dumped out of Trump's newser in order to return to CBS Sunday Morning. To be fair, by that time the "news" portion was over and Trump's bluster portion had begun.

SOWNY » Put A Sock On It Sportsnet! » October 16, 2019 2:49 am

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The influence of the Big Yella Board ... If I recall correctly, socks were in place for last night's show.

SOWNY » TSN4 has a movie on » August 14, 2019 2:45 am

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cash wrote:

Creed. The dog days of summer. 

I also noticed one afternoon recently where they ran a series of very odd "sporting" events like pizza tossing and lawn mower racing.


 

SOWNY » 60 Minutes [Tick,Tick,Tick] Delays Coming Soon » August 9, 2019 7:43 am

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RadioActive wrote:

I'm not a football fan and this is one of the reasons. Not only does 60 Minutes get delayed (ironically, sometimes more than 60 minutes) but every other show that follows is off schedule, too. It not only affects the time for DVRs but the ratings for the shows themselves, which get penalized for being late. How many people stay up until 11:30 on a Sunday night to catch a show still in progress?

It's the same thing on Fox, where The Simpsons and Family Guy get the identical treatment.

 
I couldn't agree more RA. This is where timeshifting channels become essentials.  Any Sunday night US network shows I watch get recorded from Seattle. Even if the games go into overtime (do NFL regular season games go into overtime?  Never mind. I don't care. I hate football) the primetime schedule always rolls out on time.

SOWNY » So ... » August 3, 2019 5:30 am

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This may be off topic as it doesn't really apply to reporters, but I've got a real pet peeve about a phrase I hear over and over on informational shows where someone is demonstrating how to do something.
Whether it's home DIY, car repair or cooking...

"Now go ahead and ..."

I hear it constantly and it's drives me mad how redundant it is. No need to "go ahead" ... JUST DO IT! (He said fearing a Nike trademark infringement)

The worst culprit must be Bridget Lancaster from America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country. In a seven minute segment she can use "go ahead and ..." up to 7, 8, even 10 times. Plus she'll even throw in various tenses: "go ahead" "gone ahead" "went ahead."

It's a verbal crutch that really gets under my skin.

And don't get me started on broadcasters who can't enunciate words ending in "ing."

I hear buildeen, walkeen, talkeen, fighteen, etc.

It's just sloppy.



Rant over.

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 11, 2019 5:14 am

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I too would like to welcome you back Maybo.
I really value your thoughtful contributions.
 

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